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Ray Arachelian ray at arachelian.com
Sat Aug 5 16:08:01 CDT 2006


Don Y wrote:
> Even luckier -- it *came* with it!  ;-)
Very lucky indeed!
> I originally hoped to put it in the kitchen as a nice
> little email box (but I have been overruled on that idea  :< )
Yeah, wives are interesting creatures. :-) That's where I had mine for
the longest time - the voyager, not the wife. :-) 

But two years ago, I found myself a decent job that provided a lovely
thinkpad with a dock, so the Voyager went into the museum.  Granted,
they can do NFS, but these machines are already painfully slow to begin
with.  Anything you can add to speed them up helps.  1GB CF cards are
cheap and fast these days, maybe you can go that route with a cheap
PCMCIA<->CF cradle.  You probably can't boot the voyager off a CF card,
but, you can certainly store swap+/tmp and /home there.  When I had the
Voyager on the kitchen table I had two 128M CF cards in it, so that way
swap was distributed across two drives.  I don't recall whether the
PCMCIA bus on these multi-tasks well enough to get a performance
increase, but I hoped it did. :-D

I got rid of most of my sparcs, but held on to a few interesting
ones...  For a short while, my house was "sparc-henge."


> Thanks, I'll save the pointers in case I decide to bite the
> bullet.
>
> Old Macs used SCSI.  Did old apple laptops *also* use
> SCSI drives?  (i.e. might that be a source I can check out?)
Yes, most of the early used use SCSI drives (Duo 230, PB145, etc).  Some
of the newer ones (5300ce), use IDE which makes life easier.  It used to
be that SCSI got you better performance, but of course modern 2.5" IDE
drives are a lot faster than the older 2.5" SCSI drives used in these
beasties.



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